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tekening-borders

The Mysterious Border

A border for shady ground with blue and yellow flowers and contrasting leaves.

As befitting a shady border, it mainly blooms in late spring. In March and April, flowers will appear on the ground cover plants such as Barrenwort (Epimedium x rubrum) and the False forget-me-not (Brunnera macrophylla). In May, it’s the turn of yellow Columbine (Akelei chrysantha ‘Yellow Queen). Summer and autumn play host to Spleenwort (Asplenium scolopendrium), Milkweed (Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Robbiae’), Plantain lily (Hosta) and Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra) for the necessary variation in foliage with the occasional yellow spike of the Large yellow Foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora). In the autumn, look for the subtle yellow waxy flowers of Kirengeshoma palmata (Yellow wax-bells). And last but not least the Cranesbill Geranium ‘Wlassovianum’. This blossoms a bluish-purple in the summer with leaves which change to a russet red in the autumn!

Naturally there is an accompanying bulb kit. Yellow Crocuses, blue Anemones and Bluebells along with the ‘Orange Emperor’ Tulip.